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Dark vision, light blind Friday, October 24, 2014

I realise this will sound like a fancy metaphor, but it really is a simple fact I’ve observed the last few mornings. I walk to get the paper early, when it’s still dark outside. In fact it isn’t dark – I wonder if it ever is dark – and I can see pretty well. Some glimmer of light from somewhere gives a soft shine to the wet lane ahead, and the shapes of the trees is clear against the sky. It’s a fine time to be out, when all the world is asleep. But then as I round the first Read More

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Posted by Mr Les Grice

October 28th 2014

No question, but wanted to tell you how thrilled I was to hear you speak at the London screenwriters Festival. I met a fellow lady writer about 30 minutes before your talk during a break and she was wondering which session to attend next and I sort of talked her into yours. At the end she thanked me for much but mainly and simply for the one piece of inspiration and advice she gained from your wonderful talk. You are a gentleman and a scholar and I hope that will not be the last we see of you at LSF. Maybe next year?

William Nicholson responded:

Thanks. I never quite know how useful what I'm saying is, so I appreciate your post very much.

Posted by Nick de Grunwald

October 24th 2014

Not really a question, but a statement of appreciation. Finally got round to reading "Rich and Mad", it's just great. Pretty much perfect. I could empathise completely with all the characters, Maddy's friends, Max, Pico particularly, and both the main characters are quirky and funny and I became more and more involved in their lives.... wonderful.

William Nicholson responded:

You're one of a select few. I don't quite know why, but Rich and Mad never quite took off. I was hoping it would be read in every school in the country. So it goes.

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Past and current works


  • The Lovers of Amerherst
  • The Society of Others
  • The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life
  • All the Hopeful Lovers
  • The Golden Hour
  • Motherland
  • Reckless


  • The Windsinger
  • Slaves of the Mastery
  • Firesong
  • Seeker
  • Jango
  • Noman
  • Rich and Mad


  • Shadowlands
  • Gladiator
  • Mandela
  • Les Miserables
  • Firelight
  • Nell
  • Sarafina
  • Elizabeth: The Golden Age


  • The Retreat from Moscow
  • Shadowlands
  • Katherine Howard